Ryder Cup Pool Ideas

Updated for the 2021 Ryder Cup

Because we offer golf pools for The Masters and other PGA tour events every week,
many golf pool enthusiasts have asked if we offer anything for the Ryder Cup.
To meet this demand we’ve compiled a list of different ideas, and even built
out an automated pick & scoring system if you want to run your pool online.
We would love to hear from you about other Ryder Cup office pool format options
in the comments at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

Format #1: Pick from 6 Groups of 4 Golfers

  • Pick who you think will win Ryder Cup
  • Pick 1 golfer from each of the 6 groupings below
  • Scoring
    • 8 POINTS: Correct winning country
    • 4 POINTS: Singles match win
    • 2 POINTS: Singles match halve
    • 2 POINTS: Foursome/Fourball match win
    • 1 POINTS: Foursome/Fourball match halve
  • Most points wins the pool
  • Tiebreaker – Pick the number of points the winning team will earn. Closest to wins the tiebreaker if necessary

Golfer Groupings

  • Group 1
  • Jon Rahm
  • Justin Thomas
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Group 2
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Group 3
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Xander Schauffele

  • Group 4
  • Daniel Berger
  • Paul Casey
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Tony Finau
  • Group 5
  • Ian Poulter
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Shane Lowry
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Group 6
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Harris English
  • Lee Westwood
  • Matt Fitzpatrick

Automated Leaderboard Screenshot

Our software scores your pool for you and your entries can refresh the leaderboard throughout the tournament.


Format #2: Random Draw

Here are some photos from a draft of the 2014 Ryder Cup participants that four friends and I had. We all anted $10, wrote all the names of golfers on a slip of paper, then drew names at random out of a hat to form our teams.
We didn’t know how many events our players would be participating in until the captains set the lineups each day, but everyone started from the same playing field since we drew randomly. It was lots of fun!




Format #3: Pick Once

  • Points are earned by picking the correct winner of individual matches. Events include Friday Fourball, Friday Foursomes, Saturday Fourball, Saturday Foursomes, and Sunday Singles.
  • 2 pts are awarded for each correct match. 1 point if the match is halved.
  • Here’s the twist: you can only choose a golfer in one of the events. If you choose a golfer in fourball or foursomes he cannot be chosen in singles.
  • Timing is key here since matches aren’t all announced until the day before. You have to have dedicated participants that will send their picks prior to each round, or submit all picks up front and risk one of their picks not making the roster on one of the days.

Create Your Own Ryder Cup Pool Online

Simple setup and live scoring using format # described above.


  1. bill stines says:

    id love an excel spreadsheet as well for the salary option one pool please.

    Thank you
    Bill stines

  2. I like Salary Cap #1. Looks like a lot of fun. Please send me the Excel template.

    Thank You!

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